Garden Organic

Norfolk Master Composters

Norfolk MC volunteer opportunities

Garden Organic and Norfolk County Council are looking for enthusiastic local volunteers in Norfolk to get involved in the Master Composter programme and become ambassadors for home composting in the county. Volunteer Master Composters will be fully trained, provided with ongoing support, and become part of a network of like-minded volunteers. Being a compost expert (or in fact knowing anything about composting!) is not essential to become a volunteer; you do however have to be a Norfolk resident. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to spread the compost message in your local community and encourage more people to start composting at home.

If you are interested in becoming a Norfolk Master Composter we will be holding our next one day foundation training courses on Sat 25th May 2024 in Norfolk (date, time and venue tbc). The course is free and travelling expenses will be reimbursed.

After completing the induction training we ask volunteers to spend 30 hours over the next year (only 35 mins a week!) promoting home composting in their community and ongoing training and support is given during this time.

You can apply by clicking the ‘Fill in an application’ button on the top right of this page (under 'I would like to volunteer'), or for further information please contact local the Volunteer Coordinator at

Norfolk Master Composters started in November 2006. The main aim of the programme is to raise awareness amongst the wider public of the benefits of composting, through a network of volunteer advisors.

Since its inception, 353 trained volunteers have spent over 13,600 hours promoting home composting in the county.

MC’s are volunteers who spend time promoting home composting in their local community, encouraging householders to take up composting and ensuring those already composting do so effectively. This may involve conversations with friends, neighbours and colleagues, attending an event with a display or giving a talk to a group. MC’s come from many backgrounds and age groups; their unifying feature is their enthusiasm for composting and their ability to engage with and make a difference to their local community.

People’s attitudes and behaviour can be influenced by family, friends, neighbours or work colleagues and it is for this reason that our volunteers can provide a unique and much needed way to engage with local communities.

The Norfolk programme operates as a partnership between Garden Organic and Norfolk County Council whose vision for waste management is to manage less waste and provide services that have a lower cost per unit. This will be achieved by working with the community, Norfolk Waste Partnership, contractors & Government to change polices & behaviours to reduce waste and increase recycling. Achieving Norfolk County Council’s waste policies expressed as a strategy of Moving Towards Zero Waste.

Further Information

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